A group of archaeologists from around the world, during excavations in Lebanon, stumbled upon the remains of an ancient winery. Scientists managed to extract from the ground the oldest wine press, which is estimated at about 2,600 years old, that is, this object was created even before our era.
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According to scientists, the press they found is the earliest artifact with a similar purpose in the Mediterranean region. The find testifies to the fact that the Phoenicians who lived in those days not only traded wine, but also produced it on a huge scale. Separately, it is emphasized that excavations were carried out in the city of Tell el-Burak, which is eight kilometers south of Sidon. In addition to the press, experts also discovered huge reserves of seeds at the excavation site. Obviously, the researchers believe that these seeds are left over from grapes.
The researchers also concluded that the technology of wine production among the Phoenicians of those years was not very different from the one that people still use today. The grapes were placed in a large barrel and trampled underfoot. Each barrel produced up to 4500 liters of grape juice, which was poured into amphorae and left in them for a certain period of time for fermentation.
Not far from the winery found by scientists, the remains of residential buildings have been preserved. Archaeologists even suggested that the discovered winery was a kind of city-forming production, and therefore the locals were mostly engaged in the production of wine.